Book Review: My New Room by Lisa Stickley

We are currently thinking about moving house and so the potential of a new room is quite high on the children’s agenda. Lisa Stickley is a designer and illustrator and this is the second in a series of books about Edith.

In this story Edith meets all her toys which are arranged in new places around her room. The toys talk about what they like in the new room, which of course helps Edith settle into her new bigger bedroom.

If you like quite unique picture books which have style and a quirkiness about them then you’ll love this one. In our household it appealed most to the middle child who is a girl and I think sort of identified with Edith.

The five year old really loved the page about Major Ted who lives on Edith’s bed: ‘I sometimes have to wear earplugs to block out Edith’s snoring, but thats part of the job’. Ned our five year old has his own teddy and it has made him think in a lot of detail about his teddy’s adventures whilst he is at school.  I’ve been given several illustrations and five work stories on the theme which have been accompanied with lots of discussion!

This is a lovely book with great illustrations and a really unusual way of laying out the text. We all have enjoyed it and we cant wait to hear more about Edith’s life. Find out more here.

Book Review: Early Learning at the Museum- Nosy Crow with The British Museum

It isn’t very often that I get really, really excited by picture board books. In fact, if i’m honest I could count the number of times on one hand- probably less. HOWEVER, being a museum curator and archaeologist I could not believe my luck when these two titles dropped through the door for review.

Nosy Crow have teamed up with The British Museum to produce these 2 chunky concept board books and there are more to come!

The books feature a range of objects form the museum collections to try to help children grasp the concepts of letters and numbers through using fabulous images of objects in the collections. To add to the books adults can scan the QR code in each book to find out more about the featured objects and there is a full key at the back.

These are perfect books for anyone with an interest in history who has new children, they are such a refreshing change from the usual types of concept book and hold an interest for parents as well as the child. A brilliant idea, I love them and they will be staying on our bookshelves for a long time!Find out more here.

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They are priced at £6.99 each and publish on 4th May